Home remedies that can help you manage Type 2 diabetes
More than 33% of adults aged 65 and above suffer from diabetes, globally. This is due to the changing lifestyle accompanied by stress, and mental and physical exertion. And, now more than ever, diabetes has increased in India with over 50 million people suffering from it. So, if you are one of the diabetics — let’s us know some natural ways by which we can manage diabetes at home:
How can you take care of diabetes at home?
Cinnamon is a medically beneficial indulgence to help lower your blood sugar and cholesterol levels. The bioactive compound in cinnamon can help prevent and fight diabetes. Cinnamon can also regulate blood sugar levels by stimulating the activity of insulin.
- Aloe Vera
The sap of aloe vera is known for its laxative effect. Therefore, make sure to get the juice of the gel! Although a little bitter, aloe vera can be consumed to lower your blood sugar levels, and it is also abundant in anti-inflammatory properties.
Always in the Indian kitchen, this herb has several benefits. It is known to keep diabetes in check while improving glucose tolerance, lowering blood sugar levels, and stimulating the secretion of insulin.
Soak two tablespoons of fenugreek seeds in water overnight and drink it with seeds the next morning on an empty stomach. It will help bring down your glucose levels.
- Bitter Gourd
Rich in beta-carotene, vitamins A, C, and minerals like iron and potassium, bitter gourd is known to contain an insulin-like compound called polypeptide-p or p-insulin that helps to reduce blood sugar levels.
Used for centuries in India, evidence is catching up to its medical use showing benefits for glucose metabolism, and insulin levels and as an adjunct to improve the results of traditional pharmaceuticals. Be aware, that because this botanical works synergistically with your meds, you must monitor your blood sugar closely to avoid having hypoglycemia.
The bottom line
There are multiple ways to naturally manage your blood sugar levels.
Many of them include making lifestyle changes, like managing your weight, stress levels, and sleep quality, exercising, and staying hydrated. That said, some of the biggest improvements have to do with your dietary choices.
Be sure to talk with your healthcare professional before making lifestyle changes or trying new supplements— especially if you have problems with blood sugar management or are taking medications.
Please remember: this list of herbs is not medical advice and should not be taken unless advised by a healthcare provider.